Another Year Older

As much as I love New Years Resolutions, I feel like my goals are typically more common: eat healthier, work out everyday, etc. etc.

Someone once told me that each year on their birthday, they took time to reflect. They took time to be grateful for the things they have, the things they wish to change, and the things they aspire to be. So, I started doing that on my twentieth birthday.

In this post, I hope to encourage you to find the sweeter things in life.

(1) “You can be the juiciest, ripest peach, and someone is still not going to like you.”

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a people pleaser. I’ve worked really hard to minimize that mindset and follow my own heart, but it’s something we all struggle with from time to time and that’s okay!

(2) Don’t take people seriously.

Everyone has such different personality traits that you never know how they intend for people to read them. Sometimes it’s best to let what they say go through one ear, and out the other.

(3) Quit taking things personally.

You’ve probably heard something along the lines of “He who angers you controls you.” Well, it’s right. Just brush things off and keep right on moving!

(4) Keep a journal.

It’s your safe place to ramble about your happenings – we all know there’s a lot of things that are best to keep to yourself, your friends don’t want to hear it, etc. etc.!

(5) While you’re keeping a journal, keep a budget journal too!

This has helped me so much – I can see what I need to cut back on or change!

(6) Do something for yourself everyday.

Even if it’s just making your favorite packed lunch before you leave in the morning, do something that reminds yourself that you care!

(7) Don’t participate in gossip.

I know it’s easy to fall into, but you’re putting yourself too low to do that. This is why insecurities exist!

(8) Do your best to speak only with LOVING words.

Think: Uplifting, encouraging, is it necessary, etc.

It’s easy to ramble and complain, but it’s better left unsaid.

(9) Remind yourself what you’re thankful for – EVERY DAY.

I’m working on a morning routine post, but every morning I do my best to start the day with a grateful heart. I try to journal 3 things every day I’m thankful to call mine!

(10) Don’t rush anything.

That job, finishing school, starting school, that relationship. Timing ALWAYS works out for the best!

(11) If you find yourself to have too big of a heart, it’s a gift and you share it.

Don’t beat yourself up because others don’t have the same big heart you do.

(12) While on the note of having a big heart, trust your senses when it comes to people.

If they’re just bringing you down, seriously CUT. THEM. OFF! You don’t have time or energy for those people.

(13) As much as I love “luxury” dogs, I’ve never been more content with a dog as I am my little rescue dog (even if she is deaf and still has house accidents). If you can, ADOPT! I can’t say it enough! (Cats too, if you please).

(14) Prepare for your day the night before!

My mornings are SO much easier and less stressful when I’ve laid out my clothes, packed my bag and lunch for work/school, packed my gym bag, etc. etc.

(15) Never go to sleep angry, or with a messy desk or a messy sink.

You know you’ll probably wake up angry the next morning, and everyone hates waking up to any kind of mess!

(16) Find your community!

When I left for college, this is something I really struggled with. Once I got plugged into a small group at church, I started feeling my best again! Whatever community makes you feel best, plug yourself in!

(17) Always save money from each pay check, and sometimes put some extra back too.

(You’ll thank yourself later when that surprise trip pops up, or you see some shoes that are to DIE for).

(18) REWARD YOURSELF.

Even if it’s a large raspberry lemon water from sonic after a long, tiring day. You deserve it! You should always be your biggest cheerleader.

(19) Complement people.

Not only are you building others up, but you’ll feel better too.

(20) Work your HARDEST.

What’s your hardest is your best, and your potential will only grow. You’ll feel much better knowing it’s YOUR BEST.

(21) Tithe.

As a kid growing up, I learned in private school how important it was to give 10% (or whatever you please) to the church. I’ve started doing this, and I feel as though my relationship with Christ has grown. It opens your eyes to the mission field, and has helped me grow my trust in Him.

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